Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his fiancee Lauren Sanchez were spotted having lunch on the deck of his new $500 million superyacht in Portofino, Italy on Monday.
The newly engaged couple, who were joined by their children, arrived in style as they landed by helicopter on the Koru, which is the second largest sailing ship in the world.
Sanchez, 53, was dressed to impress in a skintight black racerback dress with a thigh-high slit on each leg.
She completed her Italian vacation look with a pair of black platform wedge sandals and what appeared to be a red Hermes Kelly bag.
Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were spotted arriving on his new superyacht by helicopter in Portofino, Italy on Monday
Sanchez, 53, was dressed to impress in a skintight black racerback dress with a thigh-high slit on each leg
The hem of the former news anchor’s dress blew through the window as she boarded the yacht
The newly engaged couple were seen kissing after boarding the ship
The former news anchor wore her raven hair around her shoulders, and her long locks – as well as the hem of her dress – blew in the wind as she descended from the helicopter and aboard the yacht of her future. husband.
Meanwhile, Bezos, 59, was casually dressed in a dark t-shirt and jeans.
The lovebirds were seen hugging aboard the yacht before sitting down for an intimate family lunch on the ship’s deck, which was covered to shade them from the scorching afternoon sun.
Sanchez’s three children appeared to be with them.
The Black Ops Aviation founder shares a 22-year-old son, Nikko Gonzales, with her ex-NFL star, Tony Gonzales.
She also has two younger children with her ex-husband, Patrick Whitesell, a son, Evan Whitesell, 17, and a daughter, Eleanor Whitesell, 15.
When Sanchez and Bezos marry, she will become stepmother to his four children, whom he shares with his ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott.
It’s unclear exactly when the couple first met, but their affair was revealed by the National Enquirer in January 2019.
The couple appeared to be joined by Sanchez’s three children upon their arrival
At 417ft long and 230ft high, the Koru is one of the largest sailing ships in the world with a 250ft support vessel that has its own helipad
Koru sails with a smaller 250ft support vessel which has been fitted with a helipad
Bezos may be paying homage to Sanchez with the yacht, which features a wooden sculpture of a Roman goddess carved into the bow of the ship who looks strikingly like his bride-to-be
Shortly after, the entrepreneur and investor separated from Scott, his wife of over 25 years. After their divorce, Scott became one of the richest women in the world, with a 4% stake in Amazon.
Sanchez was married to Whitesell when her relationship with Bezos came to light. Her then-husband was reportedly the one who introduced her to Bezos in the first place.
Whitesell, a powerful man in his own right, is the executive chairman of Endeavour, the parent company of talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME).
Bezos and Scott finalized their divorce in April 2019 — the same month Sanchez and Whitesell ended their marriage.
The couple made their first public appearance together in May 2019, before flying to St. Barths for the holidays.
As the world’s third-richest man, Bezos is no stranger to taking his beloved on a lavish vacation, but it’s likely to be a summer for the books.
The Amazon boss popped the question to the Emmy Award-winning journalist aboard his new superyacht last month, sources tell DailyMail.com
The pair were seen kissing and hanging out aboard the Koru while Sanchez sported a huge gemstone on her ring finger – sparkling proof that she said ‘Yes’.
At the time, they were off Cannes, where they were enjoying a Mediterranean odyssey and the maiden voyage of Bezos’ superyacht.
Sanchez, who is a helicopter pilot herself, was the first to exit the helicopter
Sanchez looked at Bezos as he followed her out of the helicopter
They then walked down the stairs to the helipad together
A speedboat was waiting on the water to take them to the superyacht
At 417ft long and 230ft high, the Koru is one of the largest sailing yachts in the world with a 250ft support vessel that has its own helipad.
The couple flew to Europe on a private jet and were first seen on the deck of the floating mansion on May 18.
Their journey on the yacht, which is named Koru after the Maori word for ‘new beginnings’, comes more than five years after it was commissioned.
Known then as “Project 721”, the ship was built in the historic port of Zwijndrecht, near Rotterham in the Netherlands, by sailing specialists Oceanco.
Previous designs include the 350ft Black Pearl, an all-black aluminum sailboat designed for Russian billionaire Oleg Burlakov, who died of Covid in 2021 and whose family still owns the vessel.
The Koru is the second largest sailboat in the world, surpassed only by the Philippe Starcke-designed Sailing Yacht A, which is owned by Russian fertilizer billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.
Bezos may be paying homage to Sanchez with the megayacht, which features a wooden sculpture of a Roman goddess carved into the bow of the ship who looks strikingly like his bride-to-be.
It’s unclear when the golden sculpture was incorporated into the ship’s design, but it was commissioned in 2018, a year before their affair was revealed.
Bezo and Sanchez sat nearby as they were led to the yacht
Sanchez held her designer bag as she got off the speedboat
The yacht was finally handed over to Bezos in April after undergoing sea trials in February.
Last year, even before the Koru was launched, the large size of her masts sparked international controversy when Rotterdam announced that the central section of the 100-year-old Koningshaven Bridge would be removed so the superyacht could head towards the North. Sea.
Reportedly, Bezos had said he would pay to have the bridge dismantled and rebuilt again, but his request was denied.
Locals created a petition to skin the boat with rotten eggs on its maiden voyage, which garnered thousands of signatures.
In response to the backlash, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said no permits were applied for and the masts were eventually fixed downstream in the Port of Rotterdam.
The three-masted schooner yacht was finally delivered at the end of April and sailed from the Netherlands to Mallorca via Gibraltar.
In addition to a private submarine, Koru sails with a smaller 250ft support vessel which has been outfitted with a helipad and is outfitted with a collection of speedboats and supercars for Bezos and Sanchez to keep up with. to profit from.
The main ship, which is painted midnight blue with gold accents, has three decks, a swimming pool and a huge sun deck.
The interior was reportedly inspired by Eos, a 305-foot yacht owned by former Fox CEO Barry Diller that costs $25 million a year to maintain.